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Introducing myself

Oct 3, 1998
I thought I'd go ahead and provide a bit about myself now that I've been honored with a position as moderator to help James Mattis.

I'm an ELU or end line user as the industry labels we retail consumers. At age 52 I've been enjoying knives since I was a pre-teen. I recall playing baseball with a simple jackknife with my brother and friends. Also making a leather sheath in 6th grade for my first fixed blade. While I now have a goodly number of blades of various styles and makes, both production and custom, I don't consider myself a collector. The vast majority see use although the frequency with some is in terms of years. My favorites see weekly use.

I hail from Syracuse in upstate New York. But it has been quite a few years since I made it back there. I've been fortunate to have traveled widely, but that's not unusual for someone who choose a military career.

I started with the Army where I earned a Drill Instructor's hat. Then took a commission with the Navy. I became a single parent and finished out in the reserves. I had been employed at a navy nuclear shipyard on the west coast for a decade until BRAC shut her down. The Air Force picked me up on a lateral and I've now been in South Dakota for almost 6 years.

The country here is an outdoorsmans' dream. It gives ample opportunity to use the tools that we who frequent these forums cherish so dearly.

As far as BladeForums.com goes, I was priviledged to become a member on its inaugural evening. I have a background in computers although I'm not employed in the field. I also was heavily involved in the BBS scene, from the earliest days with 120 baud acoustic coupled modems, through software like Fido which broke ground in the exchange of mail packets among distant systems, to being a SysOp of a multi-line PC Users Group BBS. And of course, now with "cyberspace".

I really don't envision my role as moderator changing anything of significance. I will continue to contribute (I'm over 1100 posts now) sharing observations. This is a great site and with just a few weeks shy of a year it has shown that great numbers of folks who share a common interest can indeed exchange information without problems.

Enjoy ya'll!!!

-=[Bob Allman]=-

I did NOT escape from the institution! They gave me a day pass!

BFC member since 3 Oct 98
AKTI membership pending
VHA and NRA member

Hiya Bald1!
First off, I wanna say G O O D L U C K ! ! !
(I was too lazy to look up the html code for bold text)
Secondly, since you're in a position of "authority", I feel it's necessary to bust your chops, at least a little.

Therefore, I ask you...
Personally, I feel that it would have been a great idea... especially if you were a cather, and the opposing team's slugger was up to bat. Just stick that fella in the butt and he'd be screaming to mommy! Hey, you didn't use the jacknife as a BAT, did you?
If so, and you were a good hitter, I'd have to suspect that you didn't sharpen it very well.

(are you chuckling yet?)

In any event, when you see my screen name pop up in this forum, please be kind as this is not the REAL "Fireprez" typing, but it's his dog, Wendy.

ANYways, I for one appreciate the effort that you'll put in for this site, and I promise that I shan't bother you in this manner again.
(Next time, I'll probably beg for cash or something)

That's my two cents. Hey! How come you're giving me change?
Hi Bob, welcome aboard as moderator.

I've always found your posts to be well balanced and informative, I think you'll be a great addition to the general forum.

I remember that first night we rushed over here to register, check out my resignation date, some how I beat even you and DC. All this time whenever I see one of your posts I stop to read it, because of the many times you made me laugh.

With 1100 posts I don't know what your going to do different now as a moderator, post less?

"Every Dog Has His Day"

Welcome to the moderator seat Bob! I just hope James can keep you in line! ha ha The forums will benifit from your broad range of experiance. I look forward to a long relationship in the forums here. And hey, I just looked up my profile and we are registered the same day, Oct 3rd, isnt this the day this all started? Its also my birthday so cant be bad! I have enjoyed our lengthy phone conversations, and hope you still have time for us "little guys" after taking the moderator position! ha ha ha

Keep yer blades sharp, yer powder dry and watch yer topknot!

I have had the priviledge of knowing Bob since I registered last November (my nick was different then). In fact Bob, by his easy manner and quality threads was the first person I would email with questions. And boy did I flood him with questions since I was a newbie. Bob answered all with patience and graciousness. We've been friends ever since.

What I don't like about Bob is his ability to get me interested in a certain type of knife (Buck 532's for example) and therefore my wallet gets lighter.
That is why I have avoided talonite for the time being...I'm broke!

Good luck Bob, I know you will do a stand up job... even for a Navy man.
(inside joke)



Welcome to the team Bob.

My number one rule is too have fun!

James is the most level headed person here (more so than me by far!) so you are in good company.

I learned a long time ago that if you feel you can not run something in the best interest of those involved you should look towards other people.

That is why we have moderators and that is why you do not see my name on every forum.

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
--Booker T. Washington--

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his
goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm"
--Abraham Lincoln--

Best Regards,
Mike Turber
BladeForums Site Owner and Administrator
Do it! Do it right! Do it right NOW!

Thanks guys! It's truly appreciated. I'll do my best to help James, Mike and Spark.


I figured someone would bite on that bit about playing baseball. Actually it's pretty easy. A jacknife has only two blades which pivot from the same end. Play is started with the handle and large blade fully opened horizontal to the ground and the small blade opened at a right angle and stuck straight into the ground. To 'bat" you stick your palm face up under the handle and flip the knife into the air in a forward direction. Depending upon how it lands you score base hits or even a home run
! If it doesn't stick at all you try again... three times and yer out <grin>! It really was a lot of fun at that age and gave the folder a break from whittling <hehehehe>.

So there you have it! Another use for your knives that you'd never heard of before

-=[Bob Allman]=-

I did NOT escape from the institution! They gave me a day pass!

BFC member since 3 Oct 98
AKTI membership pending
VHA and NRA member

[This message has been edited by bald1 (edited 15 September 1999).]
G'day Bob,

I've been trying to figure out a way to pipe you aboard but it's beyond my computer skills
. So I'll have to settle for saying congratulations, and I can't think of anyone more suited to the job than you. (Now throws his hat in the air

Take care,

Don't worry that the world might end tomorrow....in Australia it's tomorrow already.

I've enjoyed your posts and replies to posts since I started participating in this forum a few weeks ago. I don't know what the significance of your moniker is but you might call me a bald one as well. We are of similar age and the game you call "baseball" was called mumbleypeg where I grew up. Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the intro Bob. Welcome as a moderator. I know you'll help make the general forum interesting, fun and informative.

James certainly deserves some help and I'm glad you're it!
Hi Bob - welcome aboard, glad to have you as moderator!

Dexter Ewing
Knife Reviews Moderator
AKTI Member # A000005

Welcome to the fold of the Moderators Guild!

Do you guy's have monthly meetings?

Look forward to having you look over the rest of us, thanks for taking that duty on!


It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me,
it is the parts that I do understand.
Mark Twain


Bob, you will do great! With Jim Mattis you can not go wrong! You guys will be better than Lucy and Desi, Abbott and Costello...
Bob who???


Welcome aboard in this officail capacity. Glad to know there is another stout crewman at the helm!

I know Bob.
He will do great.
Hummmm...I have a picture of him somewhere.
I'll find it and be the first "locked thread" he does

Yo Bob. Congratulations!

Can we welcome you with another round of "knife for animal attack"?